The cryptocurrency market sell-off picked up steam on Wednesday, with most major currencies trading down more than 9 percent on the day. Here’s a look at some of the headlines that were moving the cryptocurrency market today — and which currencies were on the move.
Bitcoin prices dropped below $8,000 late Tuesday, and the total market cap of the cryptocurrency market dipped below $350 billion for the first time since April 19. Think Markets analyst Naeem Aslam said that reports from China that the ICO market is still very active in China are fueling speculation that a more strict regulatory crypto crackdown could be coming soon.
SoFi CEO Anthony Noto has told CNBC that cryptocurrency investing will be available to SoFi customers as soon as 2019. Sofi has branded itself as a “modern finance” company aimed at appealing to millennial users, and Noto said the new crypto investing features will help accomplish the goal of helping younger customers achieve financial independence.
India is reportedly considering implementing a new goods and services tax on cryptocurrency trading. People close to the matter say the Indian government, which recently banned banks from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges, may soon implement an 18-percent tax on digital currency trades by classifying cryptocurrencies as goods.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)
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These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 32.49% of the total portfolio. Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 397,069 shares, 25.6% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,391,767 shares, 23.3% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 shares, 13.08% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 323,980 shares, 4.31% of the total portfolio.
- [By Max Byerly]
Media stories about Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ:PBIB) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Porter Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.3359026173577 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)
- [By Eric Volkman]
The underwriting syndicate is large and star-studded. It is led by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase’s(NYSE:JPM)J.P. Morgan Securities, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) Capital, and Citigroup (NYSE: C) Global Markets.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Some of this sentiment has been fueled by optimism that UK investment bank Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) is looking to open a cryptocurrency trading desk in the months ahead.
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Last week, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) acquired £4.3 billion ($5.8 billion) worth of Irish residential mortgage loans from Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE: LYG). The portfolio comprises around 27,000 mortgages, originated between 2004 and 2010. Of the total loans acquired, nearly £300 million are impaired.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $18.64 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $28.35 following Q1 results.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $19.04 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $301.12 following strong quarterly results.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)
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There’s at least one traditional financial giant that not only doesn’t fear blockchain technology, but is actively embracing it — Nasdaq (NDAQ) , the second-largest stock exchange in the world by market cap.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATXI) rose 29.4 percent to $5.50 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that its first pivotal Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol achieved the primary and key secondary endpoints.
MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 16.8 percent to $51.00 in pre-market trading. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX) rose 9.3 percent to $5.40 in pre-market trading after falling 28.92 percent on Friday.
Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares rose 9 percent to $29.30 in pre-market trading after climbing 3.26 percent on Friday.
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETH) rose 6.7 percent to $26.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.64 percent on Friday.
Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) rose 5.4 percent to $3.90 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.06 percent on Friday.
Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) rose 5.2 percent to $34.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.38 percent on Friday.
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (NYSE: WAB) rose 5.1 percent to $100 in pre-market trading. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) agreed to merge its transportation unit with Wabtec.
Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN) shares rose 4.7 percent to $11.50 in pre-market trading.
Nasdaq, Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ) shares rose 4.3 percent to $93.98 in the pre-market trading session.
LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares rose 4.2 percent to $33.25 in pre-market trading. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNRO) shares rose 4 percent to $58.35 in pre-market trading as the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings and disclosed that it has acquired Free Service Tire.
HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 3.7 percent to $19.75 in pre-market trading after falling 4.80 percent on Friday.
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- [By Wayne Duggan]
Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ) CEO Adena Friedman told CNBC the company is open to the possibility of adding a cryptocurrency exchange over time. Nasdaq also announced a deal to allow cryptocurrency exchange Gemini access to Nasdaq’s surveillance technology. Friedman told CNBC that cryptocurrency regulations must first be ironed out before the Nasdaq would add a crypto exchange.
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However, Canada becoming the first developed country in the world to legalize adult-use cannabis is far from the only “marijuana first” we’ve witnessed this year. In February, Canadian weed investment company Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), which has three core assets, announced that it was becoming the first Canadian pot stock to uplist to the Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ). Moving from the over-the-counter (OTC) exchange to a more reputable exchange like the Nasdaq allowed for improved liquidity, as well as cleared the way for institutional investors to take a position in Cronos Group. Wall Street traditionally shies away from investing in OTC-listed companies.
- [By Asit Sharma]
In its last sequential quarter, Nasdaq Inc.(NASDAQ:NDAQ)relied on non-trading segments for growth as its market-services segment turned in a near flat performance. In the first quarter of 2018, however, healthy trading volumes resumed, and Nasdaq achieved expansion in each of its four operating segments. Before sifting through important highlights for the quarter, let’s briefly review the top-level performance:
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safety Insurance Group Inc.(SAFT)
- [By Jordan Wathen]
Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) reported that winter weather activity and an accounting change were drags on its first-quarter results, though a lower tax rate was a net positive to the Massachusetts-based insurance company.